Thursday, April 19, 2012


I gotta get another job.

Loyalty to a subordinate has always been a dicey thing. The larger the organization that you work for, the smaller the chance that such an anachronism will be shown. Locutius just spent 25 years working for a large corporation. He did quite will by himself, but at no time in our friendship did he let me think for a second that Boeing held any special love for him.

Working at the fedguv ranch makes me feel the same way. Minions are just that. I am one of the little people, I bust my ass and it gets me squat. Yes, I get a paycheck. The truth of the matter is, I am well enough paid for the work that I do. I shouldn't bitch all that much. I got a little pissy a year ago and they gave me a temporary raise for a year to shut me up, but now that is running out and they forgot to do what they promised, which is to make the raise permanent.

What galls me the most is that my peers have are a full pay grade greater than I am. They were given the grade back during the days when the government got into the habit of overpaying people for the same job that folks in industry paid less for. Receptionist/clerks tossing off 40k/year. Janitors getting paid $17.00/hr. Paper shufflers pulling down 50k.

No, my bitch is a relative thing. When folks who dial it in get paid better than I do, it pisses me off. I can't bring myself to the morally deadly choice of not doing my best and lowering my standards to my co-workers standards.

I gotta get another job.


russell1200 said...

Loyalty to subordinates has always, and almost everywhere, been an iffy matter if the subordinates were not part of some extended clan/tribe. In the Anglo Saxon world wage workers begam the norm in agriculture very early on (13 century?) so we have had a long time to evolve our social norms.

Lots of studies show that the main determanent of happiness/contentment is the person, not the situation. In effect it is more important to move your soul, than to move your self. Beyond that, it is generally the attitude of the people you work with, more than any other factor which will determine the quality of the workplace. That is why people who have a best friend at work stand out as the happiest employees.

Craig Cavanaugh said...

Russell, the best job I ever had was when my best friend at work was also my boss and the owner. I wasn't paid a whole bunch, but it was a whole bunch more than he took home; he put everything back into the business (his wife worked and paid the monthly bills). He had genuine regret when he had to lay me off. We're still friends today...